A decade of Aboriginal justice reform policy in Manitoba : the intricacies of providing equitable justice

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Parmar, Rosie
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Aboriginal peoples' negative encounters with the criminal justice system have received increased political attention over the last 30 years now. The consistent manner in which the Canadian criminal justice system has failed Aboriginal peoples in Manitoba is well evidenced in the disproportionate and discriminative nature of the system. Justice reform policy strategies in Manitoba are well evident in the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry (AJI) which has been the most in-depth public inquiry regarding Aboriginal justice issues undertaken to date. Followed up with the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission (AJIC) eight years later, both of these reports' recommendations represent an attempt to reverse the negative trends and provide justice for Aboriginal peoples. An examination of both reports discloses that the fate of the reports has been both displeasing and unable to produce any significant changes. An in depth closer examination reveals the role of governments to be a key factor which must be surpassed in order for justice to be fully served for the Aboriginal peoples of Manitoba.